A furry-faced, stereotypically absent-minded, pipe smoking professor.
It would not be a bold faced lie if the park was adjacent to the library… and at least in my regions, the area around a library is often park-like.
The relationship DOESN’T have to be about anything…. but it is clearly nerve wracking for Bernice. With her rather introverted personality, it is common she may not feel comfortable talking about it yet. In regards to Pitts, I view Pitt CC as in the community, but Moony U as being a bit farther away…. perhaps in a nearby bigger city (some commute (Gunther) and some stay or stayed in the dorms (Bernice)). As for the park…. it seems like a common meeting place for Bernice and Nil to potentially choose as they are generally quiet…… it may also be right next TO the library so it would be in keeping with what Bernice suggested….. and Bernice would not know Luann would a) be there…. but more importantly…. even if Luann were walking around there (perhaps going to the dog park), Bernice and Nil still would have been likely unnoticed had it not been for Puddles breaking free. You can see that Luann did not recognize them from afar…. but only when she had to come up to them to retrieve Puddles.
I would suggest….. a) perhaps this is just a park area perhaps even one BY the library, b) Bernice (from the previous arc) feels hesitant currently to talk about and discuss her budding relationship with Nil….. most likely because she is not sure what that relationship is yet. Hesitancy to talk about something (be it a relationship or a class or darn near anything is a common attribute to folks who tend to be introverts (I sympathize, as I am similarly inclined….. I like to KNOW and UNDERSTAND my feelings and emotions before I feel comfortable talking about them.) and c) it seems plausible to me that Luann takes Puddles on walks to various locales around Pitts. Perhaps this is just a park (by the Library) that is also on the way TO the dog park? Pitts does not seem like a huge place, so many things may be in close proximity….. Luann would not have likely noticed Bernice or Nil since she may simply have been walking through TO the dog park (or somewhere else for that matter) until Puddles escaped and jumped on Bernice’s lap.
I would suggest….. a) perhaps this is just a park area BY the library, b) Bernice (from the previous arc) feels hesitant to talk about and discuss her budding relationship with Nil….. most likely because she is not sure what that relationship is yet, and c) it seems plausible to me that Luann takes Puddles on walks to various locales. Perhaps this is just a park (by the Library) that is also on the way TO the dog park? Pitts does not seem like a huge place, so many things may be in close proximity.
I do not think this is the dog park. Most dog parks tend to be enclosed to a degree to prevent escapees. I think this is just a regular park…. perhaps even a park by the library.
I too would very much like to have Luann be shown to be more focused on some sort of goal or aspiration again. She has been shown to have talent/abilities in a) theater, b) art, c) teaching….. but Greg tends to let those paths fizzle out after hr gives them a bit of focus. I am not sure the focus by Luann needs to be theater or art or teaching….. it could be something else entirely…. but it would be nice to have that idea be an underpinning of her various arcs.
Hey…. thank you for your response (the “I am not attacking you….” comment). I appreciate it! I was trying to take your comments only at face value, because I thought that was your likely intent. That is sometimes the difficulty of written comments such as these. They can sometimes elicit unintended feelings in others. I try to be very careful in how I word things here to minimize that risk…. but I still worry about it often in comments I place.
If it does happen that Quill returns…. I hope that Greg has it so that Quill is more fully developed as a character. I would like to see him interact far more with other characters beyond just Luann (to me, my recollection is that darn near every panel with Quill in it was always about the Luann/Quill dynamic). For Quill to feel more “robust” as a character, he needs IMO to have more interaction with others. Even his working diligently towards his theater degree/career seemed only a plot point to highlight the Luann/Quill dynamic.
While I think it would be very interesting and enjoyable for Luann to have a romantic interest again….. I am hoping it is not Quill. For me, Quill was too bland of a character…. he seemed mostly to be used only as a reflection point for Luann and what Luann was feeling. I would like it the most if Luann’s potential romantic interest is some new character…. or if not a new character…. someone who has been more independently developed, like Jack.
I would suspect that with Bernice’s newfound feelings for Nil….. her previous “crush” on Jack is out the window. However, If Jack does show up….. and Luann is feeling melancholy about not being currently in a relationship….. Luann may begin to reconsider Jack as a romantic interest.